Destination guide

Explore the Blue Ridge Mountains

Nestling up close to the state line with Virginia, the little town of Sparta enjoys a scenic location in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. It's a stop on the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail, a route that celebrates the sites, land and people of this dreamy mountain region. Visitors come to enjoy the hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, kayaking and other outdoor activities on offer, and you can choose from luxury wood cabins with panoramic mountain views and charming wooden farmhouses nestling under towering pines for your Sparta vacation rental.

Things to do

Sparta's local landmarks

As the county seat of Alleghany County, Sparta is home to sites of historic interest. These include the classical Alleghany County Courthouse and the 19th-century Jarvis House. The town's Crouse Park is home to a summer farmers' market and weekly jam sessions for local musicians. If you're staying at your Sparta vacation rental with kids, the little playground here will let them expend some of that energy. If you'd like to explore local history, the Hutchinson Homestead, a restored mid-19th century mountain farm in Stone Mountain State Park, is well worth a visit. Besides the wealth of outdoor activities on offer, you'll also discover local wineries 20 minutes away in Laurel Springs.


Sparta's scenic activities

Drive the Blue Ridge Heritage Trail from your Sparta vacation rental to explore this fabled slice of the great American outdoors. Along the way, you can discover cascading waterfalls, gushing hot springs, atmospheric coves, glistening mountain lakes and secluded fishing holes. Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most spectacular drives in the country, allowing you to take in vertiginous views over pine-clad hillsides as you drive. If you want to explore further, local shops and restaurants can be found in nearby Jefferson, while – to the south of Sparta – the Stone Mountain State Park and Doughton Recreation Area offer miles of hiking trails to explore.


Summer music sessions near Sparta

This dramatic landscape enjoys warm, sunny summers and cold snowy winters. In summer, a seasonal treat not to be missed is a 30-minute trip north on the Blue Ridge Parkway to cross the state line into Virginia. Here, you'll find the Blue Ridge Music Center – an outdoor performance space and small museum dedicated to the music of the Southern Appalachians. With live music through the summer months and fall weekends, this is an unforgettable way to hear bluegrass and old-time stringband music. From the center, you can pick up music heritage routes – Virginia's the Crooked Road and the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.

Natural features

Miles of trails to explore near Sparta

The massive granite dome which gives Stone Mountain State Park its name is a popular rock-climbing spot. With miles of trails and designated trout waters, the park is also great for hiking, fishing, picnicking, nature spotting and horseback riding. To the west, the Cherokee National Forest sprawls up the other side of the state line in Tennessee – offering more challenging hikes and forested mountain vistas. Grayson Highlands State Park, over in Virginia, is known for its excellent equestrian trails. The park provides year-round access to the Appalachian Trail and the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail.

How many vacation rentals are available around Sparta, NC?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 150 vacation rentals around Sparta. From 90 cabin rentals to 90 bungalow rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Sparta?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Sparta. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Grayson Highlands State Park: 244 vacation rentals
  • Stone Mountain State Park: 124 vacation rentals
  • Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery: 50 vacation rentals
  • Olde Beau Golf and Country Club: 101 vacation rentals
  • Mountain Aire Golf Club: 1,169 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sparta listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Sparta?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 90 Cabins in Sparta. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Sparta include:

  • Bungalows: 90 rentals available
  • Houses: 35 rentals available
  • Cottages: 90 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Farmhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Sparta?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 14 vacation rentals with pool available in Sparta. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.